Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
B.A. with honors 1973 Mills College
J.D. 1976 Yale Law School
After graduating from law school, Professor Johnson clerked for Judge Alfred Goodwin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She was in private practice with a Portland law firm, specializing in real estate and land use, before joining the faculty in 1980. In 1984 she received the Leo Levenson award for excellence in teaching. In 2008, Professor Johnson was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in business law; and was installed as the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law in 2011. Also in 2008, Johnson was elected to the American Law Institute. Johnson is a member of the Oregon State Bar and serves on various bar task forces charged with drafting business legislation. Professor Johnson currently teaches classes in business associations and securities regulation. Her primary research areas are in corporate and securities law and her recent scholarship focuses on securities arbitration and litigation.